A 22-year-old man from Hampton, Virginia (VA) was killed on Saturday morning when the SUV he was driving left the right side of Interstate 64 and hit a wall, the Virginia Gazette reported.
State police said Alexander Kevin Williams was ejected from his Toyota 4-Runner when the vehicle left the highway and hit the wall. The victim was not wearing a seat belt, Virginia (VA) state police said.
As experienced Virginia personal injury attorneys, we see far too many deaths of drivers who are not wearing seat belts. Indeed 63 percent of people killed in all car accidents weren't wearing seat belts belts. Recently we highlighted a Virginian-Pilot report on how how two teenage girls from Western Branch, Cheapeake, may have survived a car wreck had they wore seat belts, after a car they were in left the road and ended up in a ditch.
Supporters of seat belts say they save the lives of 9,000 people every year. This safety video highlights the advantages of wearing a seat belt.
Despite the weight of evidence that seat belts save lives, Virginia (VA) remains a secondary enforcement state. It means a police officer must see another traffic violation before a driver is pulled over for not wearing a seat belt. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, primary enforcement laws increase safety belt use by about 11 percent. States with primary enforcement laws include North Carolina (NC), South Carolina (SC) and Maryland (MD).
In a recent article I argued there is absolutely no excuse for drivers or passengers not to wear seat belts. Even if 90 percent of drivers wore seat belts, reports suggest that more than 5,500 lives would be saved and 132,000 injuries could be avoided. Sadly our Virginia (VA) personal injury attorneys are continuing to see accidents in which a simple precuation may have saved a life.